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These Pictures Reveal Unknown, Turn-Of-The-Century, Indigenous Brass Band

A fascinating snapshot into the little-known world of Aboriginal brass bands in far north Queensland.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are warned that this post contains images of deceased people.

In 1901 a brass band was formed at the Yarrabah mission in far north Queensland, near Cairns. The band was created by Christian missionaries to accompany church hymns.

Yarrabah Menmuny Museum. / PR IMAGE

Missions were church-run communities where traditional culture was forbidden. They were set up across the country and Indigenous people were forcibly made to live on these missions.

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Allan Clarke is an Indigenous Affairs Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

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